Related Professionals: Andreas Jürgens Philip M. Taylor Anette Gärtner Rita Gnoth-Novak Maria Ottermann Alexander Hardinghaus

MUNICH, 25 January 2017 – Global law firm Reed Smith advised CBPE Capital LLP, a London-based private equity investor, on its acquisition of Safechem Europe GmbH from The Dow Company.
Safechem, which focuses on the safe and sustainable use of solvents and is known for the pioneering closed-loop Safe-Trainer system, services more than 5,000 customers across Europe. The acquisition represents the third investment of CPBE’s most recent fund, CBPE Capital Fund IX.

The Reed Smith team, led by London partner Philip Taylor and Frankfurt partner Dr Andreas Jürgens, harnessed cross-office and cross-practice expertise to advise on all aspects of the acquisition.

The transaction required in-depth experience across the firm’s key industry groups, and involved aspects of English, German, U.S., French and Chinese law.


Advisers to CBPE Capital:

Reed Smith: Dr Andreas Jürgens (Frankfurt), Philip Taylor (London), lead partners – corporate/M&A, Dr Anette Gärtner (partner, IP, Frankfurt), Thomas Gierath (partner, tax) and Dr Marc Spielberger (partner, labour & employment, both Munich), Jan Hüniken (associate, corporate/M&A), Maximilian Santüns (associate, corporate/M&A) and Julia Fuchs (paralegal, corporate/M&A, all Frankfurt), Dr Alexander Hardinghaus (associate, commercial), Claudia Kuhn (associate, labour & employment), Rita Novak (associate, commercial) and Maria Ottermann (associate, IP, all Munich).

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Should you have any questions please contact Dr Andreas Jürgens, partner, +49 69 22228 9815 or Annika Kersting, business development and marketing senior executive, +49 89 20304 181.